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BREAKING: McConnell will not reconvene Senate for emergency session impeachment vote

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the office of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday that the Senate will not be reconvening early in order to impeach President Donald Trump before he leaves office.

The latest attempt to impeach Trump comes after he was accused of inciting a riot on Jan. 6 which led to the storming of the Capitol in Washington, DC by pro-Trump protesters under the belief that the 2020 election was rigged in Biden’s favor.

McConnell said that the Senate would only be reconvening if there was unanimous consent among elected Senators, a likely unreachable target as most Republicans oppose impeachment, The Hill reports. Trump has barely a week left in office. Read more…

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Rep. Nunes Calls for Racketeering Investigation Into Big Tech Companies Following Parler Ban

A top Republican in the House of Representatives on Sunday called for a racketeering probe into large technology companies who over the weekend took action against Parler, a social media website.

“This is clearly a violation of antitrust, civil rights, the RICO statute. There should be a racketeering investigation on all the people that coordinated this attack on not only a company but on all of those like us, like me, like you, Maria,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo.

After Twitter banned President Donald Trump and some other users, Parler saw its traffic explode. Soon, though, Google announced it had removed Parler from its online store, a move followed by Apple. Then, Amazon announced it was suspending Parler from its web hosting services. Read more…

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Biden Says He Will ‘Defeat the NRA’ While in Office

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday promised to “defeat the NRA,” or the National Rifle Association, after being sworn into office.

Biden’s official Twitter account responded to former Rep. Gabby Gifford (D-Ariz.), who was one of 14 people shot by Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson in 2011. Giffords had recounted how her life and community “changed forever.”

“But the attack did not break me—or the people I represented in Congress. We came together, turned pain into purpose, and found hope in each other,” she wrote, adding that she continues to work to “achieve a safer America.”

Biden then responded, saying: “Your perseverance and immeasurable courage continue to inspire me and millions of others. I pledge to continue to work with you—and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country—to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence.” Read more…

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Rush Limbaugh: Swamp, Pelosi Scared to Death of Trump’s Final Days

Washington’s “swamp” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are “scared out of their gourd” about President Donald Trump’s remaining days in office, according to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. 

“The hatred is visceral,” Limbaugh said on his show Friday. “You can touch it. You can see it. You can see it steaming from the electrodes on these Democrats’ heads. I’ve never seen personal animosity like this. I mean, it is almost to the point of uncontrollable and unpackageable.”

House Democrats have drafted a second impeachment of Trump, several media outlets reported Friday, listing just one charge: ”Incitement to insurrection” for the Washington protest on Wednesday that breached the Capitol building. Read more…

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Petition to Recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom Exceeds 1 Million Signatures

The petition to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom exceeded one million signatures this week.

“The people are being heard loud and clear, and it is not a matter of IF we are going to reach our goal necessary that will trigger a recall election of Newsom, it is just when we cross the finish line,” Orrin Heatlie, the lead proponent of the effort to remove the Democrat, in a statement.

There are approximately nine weeks for organizers to gather 500,000 additional signatures, which would put the petition on the ballot for Californians to vote on. March 17 is the deadline.

Heatlie called the recall campaign a “literal steamroller and Gavin Newsom’s failed policies are being runover and flatten [sic] by the People of California who will no longer be held hostage to his dictatorial failed policies.”

Newsom’s office hasn’t responded to requests for comment on the petition. Read more…

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Parler Removed From Google Play Store, Apple Threatens Ban

Google removed the Parler social networking service from its app store, saying that the app will remain suspended until the developers commit to a moderation policy that could handle objectionable content on the platform.

“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence,” Google said in a statement.

“All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US. We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content. Read more…

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The Purge Is Here: Twitter Banning Influencers on Right

The left and Big Tech have been moving quickly over the past couple of days. 

The President of the United States has been booted off Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Shopify has booted MAGA merchandise from their stores.

Parler is getting pressure by both Apple and Google to ‘moderate’ their site, ‘moderate’ their belief in free speech. So far their CEO is refusing the pressure. 

Meanwhile Joe Biden is thinking up a new law to deal with “ideologically-inspired” “domestic terrorism.” He declared the thousands of protesters who had been at the Capitol were “domestic terrorists,” making no distinction between those who committed crimes and those who had not (which was most of the people). 

Twitter is going after anyone they think is violating the narrative. They’ve now booted a slew of well-know influencers on the right. More pointedly, they took down the people who were not posting anything offensive that would violate the terms of service but were questioning things about the Democratic narrative about the facts. Read more…

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Trump Says He Won’t Attend Biden’s Inauguration

President Donald Trump said on Jan. 8 that he will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” the president wrote on Twitter.

Trump made the announcement one day after Congress certified Biden as the winner of the 2020 election. The president has not conceded the race but has said there will be a “smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.”

Congress certified Biden as the winner early on Thursday morning after its joint session was halted by protesters who broke into the Capitol building. The joint session resumed hours later. Read more…

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Capitol Police Rejected Multiple Offers of Federal Help

US Capitol Police (USCP) rejected offers of federal manpower days before Jan. 6—and they again turned down an offer of federal reinforcements as protestors breached the Capitol building during the formal counting of electoral votes.

Three days before Jan. 6, the Pentagon asked Capitol Police if they needed National Guard manpower, but their offer was turned down by Capitol Police, unnamed senior defense officials told the Associated Press.

And as the building was being stormed, Justice Department leaders reached out to Capitol police and offered to provide them with FBI agents. But Capitol Police again turned them down, according to the sources.

The Epoch Times reached out to USCP, the Department of Defense, and the Justice Department for comment, none immediately responded. Read more…

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The List: How Members of Congress Voted on Electoral College Objections

Two objections triggered a vote during the joint session of Congress, which spilled into the early hours of Thursday before Joe Biden was certified as president-elect.

Objections require support from at least one member of each chamber. The objections that received support were to electoral votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Both objections failed to get a simple majority in either chamber. Read more…

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